5 APR 2020


SOF Friends and Other Military and Civilian Medical Providers and Medics,

New York City is past the breaking point. The hospitals are truly overwhelmed. Besides the 5,000 beds or so being put in and around the city as field hospitals in field conditions, the major hospitals themselves are understaffed. At this point, we are putting together teams of docs, other providers, Nurses, and SOF medics.

Our first mission is to staff a 200-bed field hospital which will be under the auspices of NY Presbyterian Hospital which is comprised of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center. COL (Ret) Melissa Givens, M.D. will be the Medical Director. After that, we will support other hospitals in need of help of which there are several.

The hospital will be named the Ryan Larkin NY Presbyterian Field Hospital in memory of USN SEAL Ryan Larkin.

Also email MAJ (ret) Bryan Walsh at with your name, contact info, credentials, and what role you can play.

He will begin to put together info on travel and lodging. Please share this widely. We welcome civilian colleagues who are capable medical professionals and willing to work in field conditions.

Doc Givens and I believe that the SOF Medical Community is uniquely qualified and able to respond to this request and complete this mission. It is a rare opportunity to show the Nation how we work.


Thanks for your service and consideration,
Doc Rush
That Others May Live